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Christian Writers Institute and Courage


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Information: Christian Writers Institute Goes Online

Have you ever attended an American Christian Writers conference or mentoring retreat? Perhaps you’ve purchased audio workshops or taken correspondence courses through ACW. If so, you know its founder, Reg Forder. He also was the guiding force behind Christian Writers Institute. Recently, Forder transferred ownership of the institute to Steve Laube, who has also has acquired the rights to publish Christian Writers Market Guide from Jerry Jenkins.

History of CWI from About page:

  • Founded in 1945 by Robert Walker.
  • 1986, acquired by Strang Communications.
  • 1998, Strang sold the institute to Reg Forder of American Christian Writers.
  • 2016, Forder sells to Steve Laube of The Steve Laube Agency.

To explore the institute’s offerings, go to On the Courses page, you’ll see menus for Topics, Format, and Teacher. Formats are primarily video or audio, but one course is PDF.cwi-menu

Take some time to browse the awesome array of offerings by highly-qualified instructors. Pricing varies depending on the amount of material included. Many of the courses were recorded in workshops at American Christian Writers Conference in past years. Compared to the cost of attending conferences, the institute’s offerings are reasonably priced, in my opinion. And you can pick and choose offerings based on your budget and timing.

See Steve Laube’s announcement about CWI here.

Inspiration: A Writer Needs Courage

I’m reading a book about writers and courage by Ralph Keyes, a writer, speaker, and teacher. Here’s a summary:  The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear. What? I know writing takes time, determination, and skill. But courage? Then, I realized that I worry about what others think of my content, the way I word things—not to mention my mistakes. Am I fearful when I worry? Yes, since the definition of fear encompasses worry according to Merriam-Webster. Well then, fear causes writer’s block, procrastination, and endless revisions. These are the things that keep me from writing new material.

Keyes quotes General Omar Bradley of WWII fame: Fear is “the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” He also shares Mark Twain’s opinion: courage is “resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Both quotes are on page 13 of the book.

So, I guess writers do need courage. Once we’ve mastered fear, we can conquer all the other things that fear keeps us from doing.  I guess John Wayne was right:

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

Readers, what do you think of the “new” Christian Writers Institute? Has it ever occurred to you that it takes courage to be a writer? Share your thoughts in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

2 Responses to Christian Writers Institute and Courage

  1. Laurean Brooks October 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you, Emily. I enjoyed this post. John Wayne said it best, didn’t he? I will check out the writing courses link. I appreciate the effort and time you take to help other writers.

    Have a blessed day.

  2. Emily Akin October 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    Thanks, Laurie. For a man of few words, John Wayne had a way with words.

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